TELEMUNDO DRIVER SERVIA 10TH IN PRACTICE FOR THE TEAMS AT THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE 13TH AFTER FIRE IN MORNING SESSION
Oriol Servia, No. 2 Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m actually surprised we were tenth fast. It was one of those days that I was not feeling like myself on track. We knew we had something with the setup we wanted to change but were not able to before the second session so we know we will be better tomorrow on that area. Through the session I had to work on myself; I was getting frustrated with everything and there was no reason. I am in beautiful California, the Telemundo car wasn’t bad and I am driving for a great team but it was one of those days that things didn’t seem to run as fluid as usual for the whole team. Hopefully we have all of that out of the way now and things will be good tomorrow for us.”
James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Today was like a baptism by fire; pun intended! In the first session we went out and did a couple of runs bedding brakes then when we started running I noticed a weird smell coming out of the car and very quickly realized we were on fire. It was not a great thing to happen. By the time I got the Sprott car slowed down and got it to a fire station there had been significant damage to the car. I only got about four hot laps in this morning. The guys did an incredible job getting the back up car out so I would like to give a huge thanks to them for getting us back out there. We got back out to try to get some work done and ran into a couple of little problems which isn’t totally unexpected when you are pulling a car out of the trailer that hasn’t run in a while. We had to fight a couple of little issues and we were up against it on time. We lost a lot of track time today which isn’t great but luckily it’s a track I know. I’m confident we can take some things from what Oriol learned in the session. Tomorrow is a new day.
“It was great to drive an Indy car here. I love this track and it felt so, so much faster than in an Indy Lights car here which probably has something to do with the walls. It was a blast out there!”